Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hepatitis E Prevention

There is no vaccination for hepatitis E. Prevention of hepatitis E is directed toward avoiding contaminated water in countries where the virus is found.

Prevention during travel to those countries includes:

  • Wash your hands after using the toilet.
  • Do not drink unpasteurized milk.
  • Do not share food utensils.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw meat, seafood, or poultry.
  • Make sure all meat, poultry and fish products are well cooked.
  • Avoid beverages made with ice
  • Avoid uncooked food
  • Do not brush teeth with tap water
  • Do not drink tap water, including ice
  • Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom

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Last Updated: Mar 19, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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